Happy Thanksgiving to all Bells Corners visitors, and residents. And be especially thankful for one of the last warm, sunny days we're likely to have this year. For a free Thanksgiving dinner visit Grazie Kitchen & Pizza at 2006 Robertson Road this afternoon between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. A donation to FAMSAC would be welcomed.
It can be a challenge keeping a site updated while travelling, especially when Internet access is unreliable or even non-existent. As a result there have been fewer updates in recent weeks and a whole lot yesterday and today as I get caught up. If I missed anything please let me know.
Renovations are apparently now complete and Local Heroes has re-opened at its new location in the Town Hall Plaza at 2006 Robertson Road. Bells Corners has certainly been in the news a lot of late. You can read the latest updates on the news page. There are also some new events coming later this month and next as detailed on the events page. Finally, we now have five candidates running in the Nepean riding in the upcoming federal election. You'll find them on the politicians page as well as a link to find out if you are registered to vote.
First of all, let me thank the members of the Lynwood Kids!!! Facebook group for their many additions to the Gone, but not forgotten ... page. However, there are quite a few other Facebook groups that covers Bells Corners. Some of them are public, meaning anyone can join and read or post to them, others are closed and a request to join must first be approved by an admin. But if you live in Bells Corners they may be worth checking out.
Bells Corners Business Promotions
bells corners peeps
Bells Corners Rocks!
Bells Corners Sell/Swap & Info
Buy Nothing Bells Corners
The Best of Ottawa-West!
Many Bells Corners businesses are on Facebook as well. You'll even find the Bells Corners Visitors Guide there at https://www.facebook.com/BellsCornersVisitorsGuide. Be sure to like us.
As we head into final dog days of summer we've had it relatively hot and dry at least compared with June of this year and even with July of last year. We've also seen explosive growth of the invasive wild parsnip plant, a highly noxious weed, along our roadways and trails. Be careful, especially if you're out there with kids or pets. It can be nasty.
There are a few events coming up this month listed on our Events page, including Shakespeare in the Park, the West End Food Truck Rally, and the 6th Annual Kiwanis Charity Car Show. Of course this is also back-to-school season, and the one event no one really wants to think about this far in advance, the upcoming October 19 federal election. With the redistribution of seats, our incumbent MP is running in the Carleton riding. So here in the new Nepean riding we will have a new MP representing us this fall no matter what the outcome. Candidates and their websites are listed on our Elected Officials page.
As usual, businesses in Bells Corners continue to come and go. The last video store in the neighbourhood, Videoflicks, has closed. Local Heroes has gone but the owners are planning a new bar and grill almost directly across the street. The Bells Corners Pharmacy has changed hands. The Nepean Optometric Clinic has moved to new premises. TKK Automotive and J.T.'s Fries have opened in the old Bells Corners Shell location. The Epoch Times has moved in to one of the old Viceroy homes. A fireplace store is going in to the old Timmies. There's even a rumour that Pizza Hut is coming back but in a new location. The promised fitness facility in the old Chevy West premises seems unlikely to materialize though.
Local blogger Craig Macaulay, aka Ottawa Owl (le hibou) is back actively writing bellcorners - Bells Corners community news/views, the only other open website dedicated to whats happening, mostly politics wise, in Bells Corners. If your want to know what the Bells Corners Business Improvement Area is up to you can follow them on Twitter. I'm sure they'd appreciate it.
As always keep your questions and comments coming. You can either comment on this blog post or use our Contact page and be sure to like our Facebook page.
The weekend kicks off at 6:30 pm this evening with the RCMP Musical Ride at Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Road. Admission is $5.00 + HST and proceeds go to support CHEO.
Next up is the Lynwood Village "Slide Into Summer Bash" from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm tomorrow at Lynwood Park, 7 Sycamore Drive. Unfortunately, further information about this event is only available on the closed "Bells Corners Rocks!" Facebook page. It is not available on the Lynwood Village Community Association's website. Donations to FAMSAC are being accepted.
The weekend ends up on Sunday with Father's Day and The Nepean Concert Band at Andrew Hayden Park, 3169 Carling Avenue, at 1:00 pm in the SoundWaves: Music on the Shores of the Ottawa River series. Sunday also marks the Summer Solstice and the official first day of summer. Get out there and enjoy it!
A new, as yet unnamed, garage has opened in the old Bell Corners Shell location at 1930 Robertson Road and there's a new food truck, J. T.'s Fries, setup in the parking lot. Further up the road, the East India Company is still "opening soon". Apparently they have catered a few private functions so far. Local Heroes is closing but the owners will be opening a new Bells Corners Bar and Grill across the street in the Town Hall Plaza at 2006 Robertson Road. Back On Track Physiotherapy is also set to open in the same plaza. Signature Fireplaces is renovating the old Tim Horton's at 2038 Robertson Road and hope to open soon. The Viceroy Homes property at 2188 Robertson Road has been sold. They new owners plan to rent space in the existing buildings rather than immediately tear them down.
Bells Corners is slated to get a Community Improvement Plan. The name is somewhat misleading as it is actually a mechanism for the city to provide tax dollars to businesses as an incentive to get them to move to Bells Corners. It does not provide funding for any much needed community improvements or infrastructure, such as sidewalks and bike lanes. The hope is to attract an anchor tenant who will in turn attract additional businesses to the area, much as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) did in Westboro.
Entrance Pool at 2 Eaton Street opened for the season yesterday. Dusty's Farm Market at 2405 Robertson Road is to re-open for the season later this week on June 19. Veggie Trail Farms at 3229 Richmond Road is already open. Shouldice Farms at 3451 Richmond Road will likely follow as soon as their strawberries ripen enough to pick. Shouldice Farms, Veggie Trail Farms, and their newly opened Acres House Bed and Breakfast may face an uncertain future however. The city would like to take over all of the NCC Greenbelt lands east of the 416 and north of Richmond Road to construct rail yards and parking lots to facilitate the western expansion of the LRT. Watch for more news on this in the near future.
The Bells Corners Visitors' Guide continues to grow and evolve. In putting together a more complete list of Bells Corners businesses in order to identify those that might be of interest to visitors, a lot of non-visitor oriented businesses were also identified. These listings have become the basis of the new Information for Residents section. That section now has two new pages under it, Special Events which lists major upcoming events in and around Bells Corners, and Community Associations and Resources which lists non-profit and not-for-profit community groups and organizations located in Bells Corners. Of course, most of the visitor listings are of use to residents as well, especially to new residents who are not yet as familiar with our community. Still in development is an Information for Businesses section so that they too can make better use of this site.
Your comments and feedback are always welcome. You can comment on any blog posting by clicking on the Comments link below, or use our Contact page for more general feedback. If you have a home-based business you'd like to add to the site, we also have an Add your home-based business page. Of course if you notice any errors or omissions in the listings we'd especially like to hear about those as we strive to ensure that all listings are complete, correct, and up-to-date.
Up until now site updates have been almost daily, this may slow down somewhat over the summer months as warmer weather brings other opportunities and priorities. Thanks for reading. Hope to hear from you soon.
This is a busy weekend in Bells Corners. Today (Saturday, June 6) is the annual Westcliffe Estates Community Garage Sale. It will be followed tomorrow by the 25th Anniversary Fun Day in Westcliffe Park at 681 Seyton Drive. For more information see the Westcliffe Estates Community Association webpage.
This weekend is also Doors Open Ottawa, a once a year opportunity to visit many buildings in the community that are normally closed to the public. In Bells Corners, the new Jami Omar Mosque at 3990 Old Richmond Road will be open to visitors.
Finally, this weekend is also the spring Giveaway Weekend in Ottawa, a chance for residents to give away unwanted items so that they may be re-used by others rather than recycled, or worse, just thrown out to end up in a landfill. Look for items placed at the end of driveways, often with a "free" sign on them.
The forecast is good - get out and explore the community. You never know what you might find.
The first annual Bells Corners Hoopla starts today at 6:00 pm in the Loblaws/Zellers parking lot at 2065 Robertson Road (corner of Robertson and Moodie) and runs until 4:00 pm on Sunday. Carter Shows are providing the midway with rides and games. Little Ray's reptile show will be there. Our local MPP Lisa MacLeod is providing a free pancake breakfast Saturday morning and live entertainment will continue well into the evening. Be sure to watch out for the dunk tank and your chance to dunk some of our local celebrities. For more information visit the Bells Corners BIA website.
The hot topics of late seem to mostly concern newly leased/sold and for lease/sale properties. Let's start with the old Bells Corners Shell location at 1930 Robertson Road. The signs are all down and the property has been cleaned up. It appears that yet another garage is going in there and also another food truck.
Over at the East India Company their opening seems to have been further delayed but they have posted on Kijiji that they are looking for cooks, so it seems that they're at least in the hiring phase.
Work seems to be going ahead next door at 2001 Robertson where the Co-Operators Insurance used to be. And next to that the property where Local Heroes is located has been put up for lease.
Meanwhile across the street at the Town Hall Plaza, 2006 Robertson Road there was an application for a liquor license made back in March under the name of Bells Corners Bar & Grill.
Also in the same mall, an opportunity has been posted on Kijiji for an Italian bakery to open in conjunction with an existing restaurant (Grazie's?).
2038 Robertson Road where the original Tim Horton's stood,has been sold or leased and is being renovated for another new business
Up the road at 2150 Robertson, the Robertson Centre has space available, not only in the corner where Goodwill used to be but also in the new standalone building being built for the drive-thru TD Bank. A restaurant or retail has been suggested in the leasing ad.
Further along at 2188 Robertson, the Viceroy property has been sold, but no activity there as of yet.
The Nepean Optometric Clinic will be moving to 2194 Robertson Road at the end of July. They're currently in the Bells Mews Plaza at 2039 Robertson Road.
Huntington Properties has the Millenium 1 premises at 2175 Robertson listed for lease. Primo Plaza at at 1980 Robertson Road and 18-26 Northside Road are both for sale as are the properties at 1961-1975-1983 and 1987 Robertson Road. Of course there's a for lease sign at just about every single multi-tenant building on the strip plus off-strip on Bexley, Stafford, and Fitzgerald.
Lots of opportunities out there.